If you happen to visit Jordan during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, be ready to follow the rules and respect their convictions. In particular, it might look disrespectful if you drink spirits, eat food, or smoke in public, and dress or behave vulgarly. Meanwhile, the season has its benefits. After-sunset prayers, evening fast-breaking parties are held both at private homes and public establishments, and finally, Citadel Nights make it all worth it. Besides, the prices tend to be lower during Ramadan is a nice bonus!
Ramadan can bring lots of pleasant food experiences for visitors as many bakeries and cafes prepare special delicious snacks for iftar. There is, of course, hummus; a puree of chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon, and olive oil. Ful Medames cooked from fava beans is another great appetizer. There is also mezze – a collection of light appetizers such as baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, olives and pickled vegetables. Plenty of fresh fruit is served as a dessert. But there is also delicious pastries such as baklava, hareeseh, knafeh, halva and qatayef made especially for Ramadan. Hot and fresh desserts are served on halawiyyat, large round trays. They are sliced into squares and soaked in hot syrup. Piles of bite-sized honey-dripping pastries, as well as sesame-seed and date-filled cakes, are sold everywhere during the evenings. Everything is sold by weight, and you can pick and choose one kind or a mixture.